Here is the chair the way I found it:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Here is the chair the way I found it:
Saturday, March 27, 2010
When I got this piece at a Thrifty store near by, I was dreaming already to put it in this big wall we have in our living room. This one is a solid wood, which was wonderful to work with. Before I bought this cabinet, we were thinking to by an electric fireplace. But instead of spending around $500(I'm so glad we didn't), I found this piece for $80 and refinished myself. It took me a few months (it was too cold in the garage to work) and in 2 weeks, between painting the top, kids, blah, blah, blah....and one more day to paint the bottom part, I finally finished last Thursday. Sometimes I wonder if I'm too slow...some friends call me "laid back" though, but I don't rush with my life and sometimes we have other priorities.
Anyway, my love for refinishing furniture started when I was a kid. Back home, where I was born, in Brazil, we weren't lucky enough to have all Barbie's houses, clothes, furniture, not to mention accessories for them! So, my mom would helped me making the clothes for my dolls until I could do it myself and the furniture for the "pretend house", a man who worked in a farm I grew up, used to make it. I was in charge of painting the little furniture.
So now, when I get my hands on "working", my inspiration and passion come alive and very much from that time. I just love to do this.
The color I used to paint this cabinet was plain white as a base and I mixed grey to get a new color (two teasp.). It's hard to believe there is some grey in this cabinet, but comparing with plain white you can see the difference.
I didn't know if I would distress it or not, but when I did one door, I really liked it. Here is the final result:
The white milky vases are all from Thrifty store ($1.99 each)and a Cuia Matte (little brown bowl with a silver straw) , where I drink "matte" or "chimarrão" with my friend, from South of Brazil.
Before I put the ring pulls,
It was fun to see everything coming together.
Mr. "curious" Jasper sniffing around!
That's how the cabinet was before the total makeover:
So, this piece came with no glass on the doors. Instead of glass, I chose "iron mesh" and cut them on the side of the frame.
Don't you ever underestimate the power of a new coat of paint!!! And don't be afraid of distressing the wood either. Even if you think you did to much, you can always go back, paint it again, and decide what's the best look for the furniture. This cabinet was be biggest piece of furniture I painted so far. But I had a blast when I finished!
Here is Spring Break for the kids, so that means, they'll be around and I'm sure we're going to have lots of fun!
See you soon,
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
How fun is to get an award? Specially if it comes from someone who appreciates you? Well, today I got my first one! A lovely human being called Chania, from Razmataz gave it to me. I'm thrilled! And Chania also made a post a few days ago about my blog and my work. I think she really appreciates what I do! And I do appreciate what she does too, and many others. As you can see, I love to share with others what I know and help them do it themselves. So, I'll be always showing the steps through my blog.
But receiving this award was too much fun! It's a kind of recognition, right? I loved it!
I think the SPRING is here, even with lot's of snow on the ground. But who cares? We need to feel the spring in our hearts first, and then let the nature do the rest. I know it will come soon.
If you don't know Chania, please, go now and visit her blog. It's something you can't miss.
Thanks Chania for caring and appreciating my "hand made" things.
Hello Ladies! I think I forgot to include this little Antique bench on my bedroom renovation post. I was quite lucky with this one, because I got it for free. Someone apparently didn't want this beauty anymore, (it wasn't a beauty before)and as I am a kind person who feels sorry for things left alone outside, I got it to give a new life to this poor little bench. I had to take 3 layers of fabric and I was quite discussed with I was seeing. I do have pictures, but I don't think it's necessary... But even with all the dust and dirties ( I wore a mask to protect myself!) I saw a potential with this one. So here is the result and the process of making it look nicer:
I bought this linen fabric, a more of a country style on a huge sale at the store. I paid only $1.25m. So, I still have some left for a future project. First I ironed the linen to to not have any wrinkles.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The floor....ah, the floor. We changed to light wood (Nick is Finish!) and is all recycled material (we call a green bedroom).
Today we had snow again and it's a bit cold outside. I don't have fun painting when it's cold. Our furnace in the garage is broken and to fix it is way too much. So, I'll wait for tomorrow, when they are promising it's going to get better!